A funeral Mass will be said Tuesday morning at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church for a 5-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten to death by his father who then buried the child in a shallow roadside grave.
The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be celebrated in Spanish, Mary Immaculate officials said. Burial will follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills.
According to authorities, 5-year-old Ernesto Barrera was killed some time last weekend by his father, Marcos Esquivel Barrera, a 34-year-old part-time gardener and street vendor, in a converted garage in the 13800 block of Desmond Street.
Investigators allege that Marcos Barrera then took his common-law wife and three of the 10 children who lived with them to bury the body along Lopez Canyon Road, about two miles north of the Foothill Freeway.